Distribution of utility-subsidy vouchers begins today; persons who did not collect last time will be removed from programme

Another distribution of the PDV-CAB senior-citizens utility-subsidy booklet is starting today, Monday, August 15.

The distribution takes place bi-annually: in February and in August.

Laurie Louard, the programme’s operations manager, says this current distribution takes place at the Multi-Purpose Cultural and Exhibition Centre at Perry Bay and will run for two weeks, until August 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily on weekdays.

However, Louard says the department still has about 63 booklets that were not collected during the last distribution.

Those beneficiaries who failed to collect their booklet then will not be given a new one this time around, Louard says, since their failure to collect signifies that they no longer have an interest in the programme.

To reactivate their account, the operations manager says, these persons will have to visit the Church Street office and present any form of government-issued ID.

Meanwhile, the booklets are being distributed alphabetically according to surnames. However, persons who are not sure on what day they should collect can telephone the office at 562-6185 or 89.

Louard says that beneficiaries in Barbuda can collect their booklets from Gloria Cephas at the Codrington Post Office. Since there are only 151 persons on the programme on the sister island, distribution will not be done alphabetically.

About 7,000 pensioners have signed up to be a part of the utility-subsidy initiative, a programme initiated by the Baldwin Spencer-led United Progressive Party Administration.